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Collective bargaining must continue - Zuma

Government will abandon the willing buyer/willing seller land reform model said Jacob Zuma on Saturday.

Jacob Zuma with ANC delegates at the January 8th statement at Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Picture: Sebabatso Neo Mosamo/EWN.

DURBAN - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday used his January 8th statement to strongly support the traditional collective bargaining system of industrial relations.

He also said government will now abandon the willing buyer/willing seller land reform model.

Zuma spoke at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban, where the African National Congress (ANC) was holding its birthday celebrations.

Zuma said collective bargaining must continue.

“We cannot replace this system with informal arrangement by workers, as that is not sustainable.”

He said land reform must be sped up.

“We will replace the principle of willing buyer/willing seller which has not sufficiently addressed the problem with a just principle.”

He indicated that implementing the National Development Plan will be prioritised and also spoke about how far the country has come since the apartheid era.

He said its legacies should be eliminated.

“As members of the ANC, let us cherish this privilege and place ourselves at the service of the South African people at all time.”

Zuma also quoted many of the resolutions of 2012’s Mangaung conference.

Speaking just before Zuma, ANC Youth League leader (ANCYL) Ronald Lamola made it clear that his organisation has given up its fight to replace Zuma.

“We have accepted and respected the outcomes of congress and we call upon all the youth of South Africa to rally behind the ANC.”

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